Our lawyers do whatever it takes to succeed in court.
Few criminal defense lawyers experience routine success in court. The criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have an unparalleled track record of success.
Getting Charges Dismissed and Reduced is the Highest Priority
In three cases, the firm obtained outstanding outcomes for its clients, two people whose lives were jeopardized by serious criminal allegations. In the first case, an out-of-state engineer was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). His work requires that he travel back and forth to Canada, and a conviction for this charge was sure to devastate his job and life. Although Ontario is just over the river, most people are unaware of the severe complications a drunk driving conviction can create for those traveling across the border. Even a lesser charge, like operating while visibly impaired (OWVI), is viewed as a more serious crime by Canadian jurisdictions and the Canadian Border Services Agency. After a long, drawn-out battle representing the man, one of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.’s senior criminal defense attorneys secured a plea to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge, a non-alcohol-related offense, and the dismissal of the original OWI. The client is now free to travel for his job without worrying about the obstacles a drunk driving conviction would create in his life and career. Our top priority is to get charges dismissed or reduced when possible.
In the second case at the 52-1 Judicial District Court in Novi, the client was charged with OWI and Speeding. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. immediately noticed the flaws in the case. Another one of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.’s senior attorneys filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence based on a careless investigation performed by the arresting officer and secured a plea to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.
Getting Charges Dismissed and Reduced
The third case was before a Wayne County district court and involved the firm representing a man facing the charge of operating while under the influence of drugs (OWID). The firm went to battle for its client. On the eve of the last court date, a final jury trial settlement conference following a long period of aggressive negotiations, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. convinced the prosecution to drop the charge and allow the young man to plead to a loitering charge under diversion, meaning ALL CHARGES WILL BE DISMISSED upon successful completion of a short term of probation.
How Lawyers Get Charges Reduced From a Felony to a Misdemeanor
Criminal defense attorneys are critical in ensuring their clients receive a fair trial and a just outcome. One of the strategies they may employ is negotiating with prosecutors to reduce charges from felonies to misdemeanors. An influential and respected lawyer’s negotiating skills can significantly impact the case’s outcome because felonies carry much harsher penalties than misdemeanors.
To get charges reduced, criminal defense attorneys may present evidence to the prosecutor that suggests that the charges are not warranted or that the defendant’s actions do not satisfy the elements of a felony offense. Alternatively, they may argue that a plea deal for a lesser charge would be in the defendant’s and the community’s best interest. In many cases, prosecutors are willing to consider such plea bargains or sentence agreements as they are often overburdened. They may seek a way to resolve cases against accomplished criminal defense lawyers quickly and efficiently. For example, a prosecutor might agree to a plea under advisement or a delayed sentence resulting in dismissed charges.
Another tactic that criminal defense attorneys may use is to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and arguments in court. By showing that the prosecution’s case is weak or flawed, the defense may convince the judge to reduce the charges or dismiss the case altogether. Additionally, defense attorneys may negotiate with the judge to agree to a sentencing deal for less severe penalties, such as probation or community service, instead of jail.
In some cases, criminal defense attorneys may also appeal to the judge’s sense of compassion and mercy, arguing that a reduction in charges or compassionate sentence would be more appropriate given the circumstances of the case. For example, suppose the defendant has no prior criminal record and the offense was minor. In that case, the defense may negotiate for a plea bargain because a misdemeanor charge would be more appropriate than a felony.
Overall, getting charges reduced from felonies to misdemeanors require a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can navigate the legal system effectively and negotiate with prosecutors and judges.
How Lawyers Get Charges Dismissed
Prosecutors loathe dismissing charges for various reasons. They are concerned about malicious prosecution lawsuits, police misconduct complaints, political pressure, and embarrassment. So how does a lawyer convince a prosecutor to dismiss charges under these circumstances? A credible, legal, and confident defense. The only thing worse than a dismissal for a prosecutor is an acquittal or forced dismissal due to illegally seized or shady evidence. If a savvy defense lawyer can demonstrate their client’s innocence or persuade the prosecutor that the case is unwinnable from the government’s perspective, they will dismiss the charges.
Attorneys who Can Get Charges Dismissed or Reduced
If you have been charged with a crime in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, or elsewhere in Michigan, you need an attorney to deconstruct the prosecution’s case against you, counsel you, and communicate on your behalf. A criminal conviction can have catastrophic consequences on the life you have built, and you owe it to yourself to hire the best possible legal defense. Call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation. We will find a way to help you!
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